B.A. International Studies, 2011, The University of Chicago
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education, 2015, The University of Texas at Austin
Hello. Hola. Hallo. Bonjour. Kon'nichiwa. My name is Stephanie Omueti, Coach/Miss O., and I am the new Physical Education instructor at Our Lady of the Lake School. I joined the talented teaching team at Our Lady of the Lake January 2016. With me, I bring an exciting approach to physical education that promises fun challenges ahead for students.
The youngest of four children, I was born and raised to the age of ten in Ibadan, Nigeria, where my father is a Professor of Agriculture at the University of Ibadan. As a child, I moved to my mother’s native Chicago, and attended Whitney Young Magnet High School – the same school attended by First Lady Michelle Obama. With the intention of a career in international diplomacy I went on to get an undergraduate degree in International Studies from The University of Chicago. Upon graduating, I returned to Nigeria and spent a year in the capital city of Abuja. It was this experience of teaching and coaching (soccer and basketball) at the American International School of Abuja where I found my love and passion for teaching youth the benefits of physical activity over their lifetimes. Upon my return to the States, I pursued and completed a M.Ed. program through the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program at University of Texas at Austin. Through this process of self-discovery and graduate education, I continued my love of international travel, visiting more than 12 countries, most recently Japan and Canada.
As a three-time NCAA All-American in the 100m and 200m dashes, I like to be active and remain fit. I also want to set an example for students by practicing what I preach; healthy eating habits coupled with a variety of physical activity choices. I train frequently for long races i.e. 10ks and marathons – which gives some nice balance to my other hobbies of cooking and crocheting. My passion is to help youth understand the benefits of physical activity and learn to enjoy/love and look forward to fitness activities. I continue to look forward to taking the fun and fitness to new and exciting levels. The hallmark of my physical education program is: SWEATY FUN. For me, this means teaching movement skills, teamwork and positive social interactions, in addition to improving fitness and promoting the joy of movement by keeping students active.